FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2009
Fort Kent, Maine – Elliot Everson scored in the 100th minute as unranked Indiana Tech shocked #2 Maine Fort Kent in the 2009 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round Saturday afternoon in front of 750 fans in Fort Kent, Maine. The Warriors (13-6-3) will now advance to the round of 16 in Fresno, California while the UMFK men end their season at 17-1-1.
Everson took a ball from teammate Joel Putek and beat UMFK keeper Giovanni Sinclair high to his left from just outside the left corner of the 18 yard box with 5:09 remaining in the first 10 overtime session.
Although the host Bengals outshot Indiana Tech 18-6 with a 9-2 advantage coming on goal. UMFK also held a 14-2 edge in corner kicks but were not able to covert. Indiana Tech senior keeper Josh Verhulst played an exceptional match for the Warriors and made the last of multiple grade A saves with just under a minute left in regulation as he scrambled from his back to get a hand on a sure goal by Bengal forward Jermaine West (six total shots) who was less than six yards in front of the Warrior goal.
In fact, UMFK put constant pressure on Indiana Tech in the final five minute with West missing just wide in the 86th minute followed by a header which went just high by Andre Anderson in the 87th minute.
Verhult's (seven saves) and the Warrior defense turned in a great game as they combined to make nine saves on the day. Sinclair made one save on two Warrior shots as they now march on to Fresno, California.
For more information on the Men's Soccer program and their route to Nationals contact the athletic office at 260.422.5561 ext.2244.